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Algonquin Provincial Park

10 Canoeing adventures full of pure Canadian Wow

Ontario's experts will get you into the wild fast and easy.



Some of my best memories are of canoeing in the wilderness. Years ago, my friends and I would spend days researching and planning routes, making menus, shopping, then packing the gear. 

Now I go paddling with no hassle.  I book guided canoe trips.  It is an easy and safe way to explore the wilderness. All I have to do is decide where I want to paddle, make a phone call and I am on my way. 

Everything is supplied and it is truly great value. When I consider all the time I save not doing the preparation, the cost of buying equipment, and the excellent care and lessons that the guides provide, taking an all-inclusive canoeing adventure is the way to go for me. By spending just a little more per night then the cost of a hotel room, I get a really enhanced adventure – one where I feel comfortable and secure enough to push my boundaries.  

Here are 10 adventures that will get you into real wilderness, real easy and safely – even if you have never been in a canoe before.    

GET THE MOST WOW – 7 TO 15-DAY adventures

WOODLAND CARIBOU PROVINCIAL PARK

Boreal Primer:  Interpretive Learning in the Land of the Caribou

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Get ready for adventure Woodland Caribou style on this all inclusive exploration to one of the most remote paddling destinations in Ontario. On this 15-day trip, you’ll paddle and portage through this unique landscape, home to the elusive Woodland Caribou, Wolves, Moose, Beaver, Marten, Bald Eagles, and more! 

QUETICO PROVINCIAL PARK

The NorWester

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Quetico is a world renowned destination for backcountry canoeing and angling. Explore its rugged beauty, towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and spruce forests. Enjoy its magnificent sunsets and spectacular stargazing. Your trip starts with a delicious dinner and overnight stay at the eco-friendly lodge, where you will get a professional orientation and fully outfitted for a self-guided canoe trip.     

MISSINAIBI RIVER

Lower Missinaibi: Northern Expedition – For Adventurous Women!

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After a flying over Thunderhouse Falls, you will land on the Missinaibi River, 40 miles north of the last road and the last portage. From here, it’s an easy downstream paddle to Mooseonee and the historic Cree settlement of Moose Factory on the James Bay coast. 

PLENTY OF WOW – 2 TO 5-DAY ADVENTURES

ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK

The Algonquin Canoe and Log Cabin Adventure

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Rated as one of Canada’s Signature Experiences, this three-day guided canoe trip, combined with two nights at the Log Cabin, lets you fully experience Algonquin’s world-renowned wilderness and waterways. The canoe trip provides lots of time to paddle, search for moose, swim, and roast s'mores around a campfire. The Log Cabin is the perfect finishing place, with comfortable beds, a wood fired floating sauna, and tasty homestyle meals. 

MADAWASKA RIVER 

Zero to Hero  5-Day Whitewater Canoe Program 

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Enter the exciting world of whitewater! Both new and seasoned paddlers learn to master skills and build confidence on the water. Operated by Claudia Van Wijk (10 x Canadian Whitewater Kayak Slalom Champion and Bronze medalist at the World Championship) and her husband Dirk, MKC is one of Canada’s premier whitewater schools. 

TEMAGAMI 

A Backcountry Canoeist’s Paradise

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Leave all your worries behind as expert guides help you get the most out of your wilderness adventure. Experience the pristine beauty of this Northern Ontario wilderness, home to the world’s largest old-growth red and white pines, in safety and comfort. 

ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK 

Northern Edge Algonquin Retreats

Choose from a variety of canoe trips and lodge-based adventures including Morning Tea with Moose, Wolf Howl Canoe Trips, Heart Blossom of Shamanism, and Quest for Balance.

FRENCH RIVER – A Canadian Heritage River

Learn to Paddle Like a Canadian

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If you have ever dreamed of paddling a canoe, the quintessentially Canadian boat, why not combine it with a stay at the luxurious Lodge at Pine Cove? You will enjoy fine dining, a soft bed in a private cottage, deluxe hamper breakfasts on your screened-in porch and a set of progressive canoeing lessons that will culminate in a half-day guided canoe trip.

A TASTE OF WOW – AWESOME DAY TRIPS 

HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS 

Path of the Paddle

Rick-Nash-Canoe-buildingCarve a paddle through the still waters on Margaret, Dan, Horse, and McEwen Lakes. On this full day guided canoe trip, you will learn paddle strokes, portage a canoe, get some canoe tripping tips, and visit a canoe builder who crafts birchbark canoes.  

MATTAWA RIVER – A Canadian Heritage River

Paddle Back in Time for a Day 

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After orientation and instruction, you will paddle down the scenic Mattawa River, once an important route for Voyageurs, trappers, and loggers. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the rich heritage of the area.  A great family trip! 

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